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Discussing supply chain and the upcoming AHRMM meeting

por Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | July 25, 2022
From the July 2022 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

HCB News: Do you foresee any long term changes, or improvements, to supply chain management going forward from the pandemic?
JC: Some positive outcomes in supply chain from the pandemic might include advanced technologies and analytic capabilities that were developed as a response to disruptions, and automation solutions developed in response to labor shortages. In addition, we saw much more involvement by clinicians, namely physicians, in clinical supply chain, which many provider organizations have adopted as best practice. Also, increased awareness by the public and hospital leadership of the importance of supply chain have created a greater impetus to invest more resources into modernization and strategic development of supply chain and its workforce.

HCB News: What are some of the biggest initiatives that AHRMM is currently focusing on?
JC: AHRMM is leveraging the current high interest in supply chain to focus on patient outcomes and healthcare quality as the ultimate goals of supply chain organizations. We have also elevated the discussions on the role of health supply chain in environmental stewardship, health inequities, and social determinants of health. We are also continuing to develop the AHRMM Keys initiative to help provider organizations perform at the top of their abilities. We are aiming to maintain our role as the global leader in health supply chain information, resources, education, and leadership through innovative programs to create collaborative partnerships with aligned organizations and new education and certification programs for our members and other health professionals.

HCB News: Can you tell us more about what attendees can expect at the annual meeting in Anaheim, California?
JC: While we had a great meeting last year in Nashville, this will be the first unrestricted (hopefully) AHRMM conference in three years, and already there is so much buzz about everyone coming together again! There were already a few supply chain-related meetings this year, and I know everyone is really looking forward to this conference. We will have many more first-time attendees than prior years as well as new suppliers who have been eagerly waiting to attend for three years. The sessions this year are unique and have a much greater focus on Professional Development, Continuity of Supply and Preparedness Response, and Community Impact, which are new tracks for this year. We also have a special track for Department of Defense with several exciting presentations that highlight the DOD’s unique challenges and solutions that everyone can learn from.

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